OK so I would like to start out by saying that this very well could be the longest blog post in the history of blog posts. haha! I tried and tried to cut it down, but thanks to this very talented and detail-oriented bride, there was just so much amazingness to share with you all. Oh, and not to mention, this couple is also so beautiful to look at, that pretty much every other picture we took was a favorite! sigh. OK– disclaimer over 😉
Sarah and I go way back. Back to my old days of working as a makeup artist and back when she still lived in Edmonton. She’s now living in Calgary, but when she got engaged and asked me to be her wedding photographer, I was so flattered and excited. I typically don’t take on destination weddings simply because I have 2 little kiddos and getting a second shooter can be a bit tricky. But for Sarah, I just knew I couldn’t pass it up so I made a weekend trip out of it and brought my family along! And luckily, it worked out and Cheryl could make it too.
When I first saw how Sarah & Mark were together, I just knew she had found a good one. Mark is warm, down to earth, humble, and more than anything else– so incredibly loving towards Sarah. When I shot their super sweet engagement session this summer (with the tree swing), I could see how crazy in love they were with each other and it was inspiring. (See Part 1 and Part 2) There wedding day was no different, and I was so happy to be a part of such an incredible love-filled day. Here’s a few (OK– a LOT) of my favorites from their day~
I loved this!! Sarah & Mark opted to do a “First Look” before the ceremony. This is always such a treat because I love when the couple gets to share this special little moment without so many eyes on them. They have time to really take it all in. I loved this romantic little overgrown garden/fountain location too–so pretty and private! This series of pictures tells such a great story~
Their color scheme was so pretty! I’m always a huge fan of bridesmaids dresses in different cuts and shades. Really reflects each bridemaid’s own look and personality and gives the photos so much more depth and richness.
Now I know they’re obviously gorgeous— but Sarah & Mark are also two of the kindest, sweetest people you’ll ever meet. And their love for each other was so palpable with every snuggle and kiss– it was really such a pleasure to be around 😉
Then it was off to their room at the elegant and stunning Fairmont Palliser so they could freshen up a little before the ceremony. Of course, we snapped a few pictures too because it was so beautiful 🙂
Finally, it was time! We headed to Bonterra Trattoria Restaurant in downtown Calgary which was to be the site of both the intimate ceremony and reception. The ceremony took place on their beautiful outdoor courtyard patio, and then cocktails and dinner followed immediately after inside the restaurant which they had all to themselves. It was rustic Italian romance at it’s best.
Inside, Sarah did an amazing job with the decor. Her inner Martha Stewart shined and she left no detail untouched. It was beautiful, charming, and totally romantic. I was so happy to see her vision come to life and Bonterra Restaurant truly was the perfect setting. I felt like we were in Italy!
Perhaps my favorite touch of all was how she made the restaurant wall a gallery of her engagement photos! Such a great idea and it totally added that personal touch to the space.
We absolutely love when we’re able to steal the couple away for a few minutes during sunset. It’s one of those special treats for a photographer because it’s known as the “golden hour” –when the sun is super warm and buttery and oh-so-romantic! Sarah & Mark were more than willing to sneak away for a bit during dinner and I’m so glad they did because these are some of my favorite shots from the whole day and they were taken in about 10 minutes just outside the restaurant.
I typically don’t blog pictures of food but being that this was an amazing restaurant that’s known for their delicious Italian food– I couldn’t resist! Cheryl actually said it was the best food she’s ever had at any wedding we’ve shot! I just might have to agree with her 😉 Check them out if you’re ever in Calgary!
After the perfect dinner and some tear-inducing speeches, everyone headed back out to the courtyard for Sarah & Mark’s first dance. It was another magical moment to top off many magical moments throughout their amazing day.
Sarah & Mark~ Cheryl and I had such an incredible time with you, your bridal party, friends and family, and we were made to feel like a part of the family ourselves. You’re two very special people who are perfect compliments to each other and I love you both! Your wedding was perfect and we were so happy to be a part of it.
Special thanks to all the amazing vendors that helped bring Sarah & Mark’s vision to life:
Bonterra Trattoria Restaurant – ceremony and reception venue
Lavish Wedding Planning & Design – event set up
Valerie Friesen -hair
Tiiu Vuorensola – makeup
Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique – florals
Erin at Cibo – cake
Tons of love,